Virtual Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building. Mr. Bratvold. U.S. Capitol. The capital building is home to the legislative branch of the United States Government. The building was designed William Thorton , which was then revised by a committee of five, headed by Thomas Jefferson.
West Front of U.S. Capitol
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East Front of the U.S. Capitol, traditionally used for the entrance of visitors and diplomats
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Aerial photo of U.S. Capitol facing the east front
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U.S. Capitol’s original layout before expansions, agreed on by the committee Thomas Jefferson called on.
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In 1864 each state was asked to contribute statues of prominent citizens which are now displayed in the old house chamber
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Used until 1859, when the new Senate chamber was complete.
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Ceiling view of the rotunda
The painting atop the rotunda is called “The Apotheosis of Washington” by ConstantinoBrumidi
Close up of the painting on the ceiling of the rotunda
Initially planned to hold George Washington’s body, upon completion it was decided against, and now houses a gift shop
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No longer used by the president to sign bills due to rescheduling of congress’s meetings by the 20th amendment
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